The PROBOX2 Air Plus is an upgrade from the PROBOX2 Air. It is now equipped with a much more powerful processor, an added ram and more storage. We’ve tried it out and we can tell you that this is a nice addition to your entertainment area or home theater room.
The handy Remote+ also makes the experience even better. The remote also allows you to control other devices using its receiver making it a handy tool in the living room so let’s take a closer look on the PROBOX2 Air Plus and its other features.
Probox2 Air Plus Review – What’s in the Box?
The packaging is pretty small and compact considering what’s inside is also tiny. The packaging is black with diagonal lines. At the front of the box we have the name of the TV box which is the PROBOX2 Air Plus with the caption “Android TV BOX”. When you look below you’ll see its various specs including an octa core processor with 64 bit, 4k HDR, Full HD which is 1920 x 1080p and an Android Marshmallow 6.0 OS.
At the back you’ll have more in-depth information about the specs of the TV box. It’s nice that they put the in-depth specs of the TV box at the back so you can easily check it at the store while browsing. A lot of packaging of various devices only put some or its main specs on the packaging which leads me to ask store clerks for its other specs. Companies should do this more often, it makes customers decide faster on whether they should buy the product plus it shows that the company is transparent with their products.
Once you open the box you’ll be greeted immediately by the actual PROBOX2 Air without the antenna. It’s very small, slim and compact. I love this type of design considering the decent specs it gives. It looks simple and yet packs a punch.
If you take off the top cardboard box, you’ll see some paperwork like the user manual.
The bottom cardboard box holds the antenna which you will need to attach if you’re using a wireless connection. If you got the regular version you’ll only get the standard remote. However, if you got the version that has the Remote+, you’ll not only get the Remote+ but also the USB receiver for the Remote+. It’s nice they also added an HDMI cable that you can use so if you don’t have extra HDMI cables lying around or this if is your first time needing an HDMI cable, you won’t need to go out and buy one.
Of course, you’ll also get a power cord.
The Probox2 Air Plus – Probox2 Does it Again
If you’ve seen the PROBOX 2 Air, the build quality is totally the same but just because it’s the same doesn’t mean it’s bad. The measures are still the same at 99 x 108 x 16.5mm. The build quality of the previous PROBOX 2 Air is excellent and they’re using the same build quality again on the PROBOX 2 Air Plus. It has a slim design. It is small in size and is easy to carry around.
The bottom of the box is rubberized to make it stable on surfaces.
Inputs and ports on the media player
At the front of the TV box you can find a blue LED light indicator. On the right you can find the external antenna while the USB 2.0 port and the micro SD slot is on the left. At the back you can find an HDMI slot, another USB 2.0 port, SPDIF input port, an Ethernet port and a DC input.
The PROBOX2 Air comes with the standard remote but if you get the special version the Remote+ will be bundled with it. This is a great air mouse and should probably merit its own review just like how you can now also buy it separately on its own if you already do have another TV box.
It has a 10 meter range, a microphone and is also built with gaming in mind as you can tell from its buttons. With the added dongle, you can use it with your other media players as well as Windows, Mac and Linux.
The remote uses two AAA batteries which are not included but the battery usage is minimal. It takes weeks before you have to change it again.
The remote includes a power button, a mic, microphone button, menu button, home button, arrow buttons, back button, OK button which also functions as a left/select button, a fly mouse button, a volume down, mute, volume up and four gaming buttons which are x,y,a and b.
Besides an actual remote, it also has a mic and can also use gyration which you can use to play games like Fruit Ninja.
Initial Setup, Dashboard and Using it
The PROBOX2 Air is fairly easy to use. If you are planning to use a wireless connection, you should attach the antenna but I usually leave it on even when I’m not and most people do too so they won’t lose it. Connect the necessary HDMI and SPDIF cables. If you have the Remote+, you have to plug in the included USB receiver first into one of the USB slots. If you are going to be using a wired connection, plug in your Ethernet cable at the back before finally plugging it in and turning it on.
If you booted the PROBOX2 Air for the first time, you’ll be taken to an easy quick setup that lets you choose various options including your chosen language, picture scaling, time zone and a network setup if you choose to connect wirelessly. You’ll also be warned to only view legal content. Once you accept it you can now watch your favorite shows.
The Probox2 Air Plus UI is similar to that of the Probox2 Air that we reviewed a while ago. The interface in incredibly clean with everything neatly laid out in front of you. Navigating the UI was incredibly responsive and snappy and I did not notice any issues of lag at all. The Probox2 UI is significantly more refined than most other Android TV boxes out there.
Probox2 Air Plus OTA Updates
The Probox2 Air Plus supports OTA updates which is great. In order to update Android boxes you generally need to load the latest firmware on an SD card or USB and then manually flash the latest update. The issue with this is that its time consuming and there is always a chance you can brick the device.
With OTA updates you can simply click the check for updates button and if there is an update simply hit the download and install button and the Probox2 Air Plus will take care of the rest.
For media play back I used Kodi which is what I use for all of my media playback on my different media players. Kodi is available on the Google Play store for free.
Launching the Kodi app was trouble free and I did not notice any issues such as lag or stuttering. Navigating around the Kodi app was a smooth experience and media playback was great.
The Probox 2 Air Plus scored an Antutu Video score of 858.
The Probox2 Air Plus is connected to my home network via an Ethernet cable and my internet connection is running on 100mb Fibre. Network performance on the Air Plus provided stable speeds both up and down which will allowed me to enjoy buffer free streaming. I received stable speeds for download of 86.71 Mbps and upload of 5.37 Mbps.
The PROBOX2 has an appealing build with its small and compact design. The UI is user-friendly and easy to navigate and has a good performance with various apps and video playback with Kodi. It also supports 4K.
The PROBOX Remote+ makes this TV box an even better one not just for entertainment purposes but also for navigation as it supports gyration.
So if you’re looking for TV box to stream both local and online video while also consuming other types of entertainment like games, the PROBOX2 Air Plus is a good pick.
Where to Buy
If you are in the market for a new Android TV box and the Probox2 Air Plus looks like the one for you then you can pick one up for only $109 over at the official Probox2 website.